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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

September 20, 1998

IAEA spokesman: Arab pressures, behind reopening Israeli nuke file

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokesman David K. said that the Arab countries relentless efforts were behind the decision taken by the IAEA on reopening the Israeli nuclear file to be tabled for discussions within the framework of IAEA meetings to start tomorrow in Vienna.

    On his part, Egypt's Ambassador to Austria Moustafa Al Feqi said that Egypt led a campaign calling to reopen Israeli nuclear file, and to bring Israel under terms and conditions of nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    In statements he made yesterday in Vienna, Feqi expounded that during the 42nd session of the IAEA annual conference Egypt is to urge the international community to implement President Hosni Mubarak's call to render the Middle East mass destruction-free zone. Egypt, added Feqi, will also raise the question of using nuclear energy in peaceful purposes.

    Experts in the field, however, affirm that Israel possesses some 200 nuke missiles. But Israel did not officially admit this. Israel last August agreed to stop producing nuclear weapons, keeping at the same time its nuclear facilities away from IAEA controls.


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